Graduate Certificate in Organisational Leadership

Advance your career with enhanced leadership skills

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Bachelor of Management and Entrepreneurship

Graduate Certificate in Organisational Leadership

Duration: 4 months full-time/ 8 months part-time
Delivery: On Campus
Credit Points: 24 credit points (4 units of 6 credit points each)
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP)
IELTS: 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
AQF: Level 8
Tuition Fee: $ xxxx.00

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Are you ready to make a difference in your 21st century organisation? The Graduate Certificate in Organisational Leadership program will help you increase your effectiveness by developing both competence (skills, expertise and strengths) as well as character (integrity, purpose, ethics). Expand your leadership toolbox!

You will have opportunities to explore leadership models, theories and practices in small dynamic learning environments. Lessons learned can be immediately applied to real world organisational situations. This program will hone your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


This certificate program is particularly suited to anyone who:

  • Is aspiring to gain competencies in leading groups, departments, organizations
  • Has just stepped into a position working with people and are technically savvy but seek to improve their people skills
  • Desires to know how to lead and manage and would like to gain a greater understanding of the why and how of leadership
  • Would like to get a Master’s degree by starting with a Certificate program first.

Future business managers and leaders in small to medium/family enterprises, and for start-up entrepreneurial businesses. Upon graduation, such prospective students will have acquired a mix of a broad range of business/management knowledge and skills, and more specialist capabilities that will equip them to be innovative, effective and ethical.

Bachelor of Management and Entrepreneurship

What do our students say?

‘The Master of Business has provided knowledge about being an effective organisational leader in the 21st century. I learned about people and their behaviours in organisations and how to practice organisational learning and change so that competitive advantage can be maintained even in turbulent times. All in all, I got a thorough understanding of how to practice responsible leadership.’

Sanjeeb Kafle

Business Student

Management Principles

This introductory unit provides a synoptic overview of organisational management and governance as both central business functions in their own right, and as processes and approaches central to the achievement of organisational goals.

Economics for Managers

This unit provides students with a basic understanding of the principles of micro- and macro-economics. The focus of the unit is the behaviour of consumers and producers and their interaction in the marketplace.

Accounting Principles

The unit provides an overview of business and the business environment and introduces the principles supporting the use of an accounting information system for financial and management reporting purposes.

Formation 1

The formation units of study recognise that the spiritual, emotional and professional development of a person are closely interlinked. This unit allows students to explore their personal world view and cultural context as well as understand the context of Christianity and the Bible within Western culture.

Introduction to Business Law

This unit addresses basic legal knowledge and problem-solving skills related to business management.

Human Resource Management

The unit focuses on developing a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the key concepts and debates in human resource management (HRM), and understanding the key HRM functions and operations.

Marketing Management

This unit examines how organisations use marketing decisions to satisfy customer needs and deliver value. Particular emphasis is placed on digital marketing, ethics and social responsibility.

Business Finance

This unit introduces students to the principles and basic analytical techniques of business financial management and planning. The focus of the unit is on the concepts and techniques required to make sound business financial decisions, balancing micro- and macro-financial considerations to develop a balanced perspective on risk and opportunity.

Management of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

The unit explores the management of an SME covering aspects of business initiation, but mostly addresses the strategic, marketing, financial, organisational and operational aspects through the development of a business plan.

Business Information Systems (BIS)

The unit explains how technology is used to develop BIS that effectively support, enable and add value to business processes. An understanding of BIS is important to the work of managers because it serves as a bridge between management and operation.

Formation 2

This unit provides students with a foundational introduction to a resilience model for spiritual and holistic wellbeing. In the development of mature identity, it explores an ethical approach to current issues and character formation, and encourages the student to explore the integration of these into the professional context. 

One Elective Unit
Family Business Management

The unit explores the unique attributes and issues found in family owned and managed companies. The strategic, managerial, financial and behavioural aspects in these firms are also analysed.

Cross-Cultural Management

This unit introduces students to the study of management in an international context. It will extend and integrate the basic concepts of management and how they are affected by differences across cultures.

Project Management

The unit addresses project management approaches, processes and tools for succeeding in the workplace. It offers a strategic view, as well as practical tools to better manage projects.

One Elective Unit
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the nature of enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the role of the entrepreneur and innovation in the entrepreneurial process. The focus is on the development of growth-oriented businesses, whether for-profit or not-for-profit.

Supply Chain and Operations Management

This unit aims to provide an overview of supply chain management in a business context. Logistics is the business function responsible for all aspects of the movement and storage of physical resources (what is generally referred to as ‘the supply chain’) from suppliers to final customers.

Industry & Work Placement

This unit enables students to carry out an industry or work placement throughout the semester to enhance their overall understanding of the realities of business and management practices in organisational settings. This core unit is designed to facilitate the transition from the College to the workplace through a placement.  

One Elective Unit
Social Entrepreneurship

This unit is directed towards students who will innovate and create social enterprise, and students who will do business with social businesses, consulting with them, for example, on funding, banking, outsourcing, etc.

International Business & Trade

This unit addresses key global business environmental factors and issues that affect firms with international operations.

Strategic Management

This capstone unit provides an opportunity for students to capitalise on their prior learning in the course through discussion and analysis of the elements of organisational strategy, and the ways in which strategy reflects the values, operations, planning and management of an organisation and the interests of its stakeholders.

One Elective Unit

• Financial Accounting

• Management Accounting

• Accounting for Decision-Making

• Business Data Analysis

• Company Law

• Marketing Communications

• Marketing Research

• Services Marketing

• Employment Relations

• Performance Management

• Organisational Behaviour

• Responsible Leadership and Governance

• Organisational Change and Development

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Entry Requirements

Applicants for admission into the Bachelor of Management and Entrepreneurship will be required to provide evidence of completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide: certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, were conducted in the English language; or evidence of English Language Proficiency equivalent to IELTS overall score of 6.0 and no band less than 6.0. 

For test score equivalencies for alternative tests visit the International Students page.

Applicants who have completed a higher education qualification (associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma) in any discipline are be eligible for admission.

Applicants who have completed senior secondary studies or equivalent qualification with a VET or TAFE provider within the last two years are eligible for admission.

Applicants who do not have a NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) or completed their secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaking or completed vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then can apply for admission using work and life experience. “Experience” could include a combination of factors which demonstrate readiness for higher education. Includes mature age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. 

For more information please visit the Future Students information page.

  Applicant background
2019 Semester 2
Number of Students Percentage of  all students
 (A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
  (B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study00%
 (C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three  categories)
 (D) Recent secondary education:


  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR(regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation with no minimum ATAR)
    International students5100%
    All students

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